During the 11th-13th centuries, the liberty from the interferences of the diocesan authorities allowed the monasteries, that enjoyed some exemption, to interact with the local dominant classes, so that to not only engrave entirely in peculiar measure on the transformations of the ecclesiastical structures but also of the political and economic orders of the territory. The authors analyze the phenomenon from different points of view, but always paying the maximum attention to the sources. The treated themes concern above all: the influence of the papacy on the constitutional configuration of Orders and congregations, the genesis and the forms of the documents emanated to such purpose by the pontifical chancellery, the tangled relationships among papacy, bishops and exempt monasteries, as well as the relationships between these last ones and the local societies.
ISBN 88-8453-082-2 (online)
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